April 20th, 2018

Opinions

There are no guarantees in politics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 9th, 2018

A new legislature session and a new party leader should spice things up politically. There is no doubt Premier Rachel Notley is a seasoned orator. Some would say it was her debating skills in the 2015 election that won votes of Albertans. Her competition in the legislature since then has been fairly mediocre but yesterday ... Read More »

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Provincial election campaign is basically underway

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 8th, 2018

Alberta’s legislature convenes today to mark the opening of the spring session. It’s also the unofficial one-year kickoff to the run up to next spring’s provincial election. That’s the real prize for Alberta’s two largest parties as well as others hoping to make inroads in to the current two-party conversation. The governing New Democrats have ... Read More »

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Downtown the same old story year after year

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 7th, 2018

Every time the municipal election comes around we hear about it, and every time nothing is done about it — Medicine Hat’s downtown core. Downtown is broken, and needs to be rebuilt, not given Band-Aid fixes over and over. The issues with downtown are plenty, and well-documented — the biggest being a lack of big-name ... Read More »

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Better places for federal money than Downie-Wenjack Fund

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 6th, 2018

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie? Awesome. Dedicating his final years on Earth towards reconciliation and addressing the legacy of Indian Residential Schools? Also awesome. The federal Liberals’ 2018 budget putting $5 million in funding towards Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund? Absolutely galling. Downie’s book, “The Secret Path,” tells the story of Chanie Wenjack who ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Is orange the new red?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 5th, 2018

Connect the dots between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s India adventure and Tuesday’s budget and what you find is what was meant to be a pre-emptive one-two punch against the NDP. Trudeau is hardly the first prime minister to use trips abroad — including to India — to shore up support in selected communities at home. ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Regressive Conservatism

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 3rd, 2018

No one can doubt that we live in unusual times. Those who are sane have watched the rebirth of nationalism and militarism, increased gross economic disparities within societies and between nations, and a frightening increase in general incivility. Is this really happening, they wonder? Is it possible that the last half-century of optimism and hope ... Read More »

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Take campaign promises with a full helping of salt

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 2nd, 2018

Provincial and federal elections are a little more than a year away so it’s the season for making promises to win votes. Voters are often swayed one way or another based on those promises but the track record of politicians following through, is not good. With that in mind it is worth considering major promises ... Read More »

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Finance ministers in Canada keeping close eye on U.S.

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 1st, 2018

Heaven help the political leader who has to work in the shadow of Donald Trump. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau did it earlier this week while presenting Ottawa’s new budget. Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci was at the podium on Wednesday for a provincial fiscal update, and will be back next month when the Alberta ... Read More »

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Step back, listen and learn

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 27th, 2018

Why do drive-through ATMs have braille on them? This sort of question is often thrown around as witty banter and small talk. Hah! See the state of the world? How full it is of absurdity and nonsense and poor planning. No wonder things are such a mess. Unfortunately in the quest to be clever, this ... Read More »

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Stanley, Cormier verdicts show much reconciliation work to be done

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 26th, 2018

There was a much justified outpouring of anger in the past few weeks with the acquittals of Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier, who were accused of killing Colton Boushie and Tina Fontaine in separate cases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These not guilty verdicts show that instead of relying on the criminal justice system and politicians ... Read More »

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